He looks REALLY nice!
The things that stood out out me that made me wonder (just wonder if he isn't as absolutely 100% perfect as they claim, not wonder if he's a devil-horse):
- They showed him cantering up a hill into a herd of horses. I would have liked to see him canter up a hill, away from the herd. I thought how calm he was when he was stopped was a good sign though!
- at the end, when they show him ponying that other horse, I saw the hints of some head tossing. Perhaps he was just getting caught in the mouth (all those riders were a little more handsy than I would like) but that could be a "bad" sign if head tossing annoys you (it annoys me!).
- On the same note as the riders being a bit handsy, the back-up cue and turn around cues were sooo...."TURN AROUND NOW!!!!!" and "BACK-UP NOW!!!!". I wonder what he would be like with a more relaxed, out of his face, rider. Would he take advantage or would he respond well?
Personally, I like my horses to respond to nearly imperceptible cues. I tend to be pretty "do what I tell you and you can do whatever within the guidelines I've given" as a rider, so a horse that's constantly testing that riding style because he's used to a more in-your-face-style bothers me a bit. Usually they tone down pretty fast, I've found, but that could be an area of "contention" for you.
- His walk. It was awfully fast for a relaxed horse. I have seen horses that just walk fast all the time (heck, I OWN one! haha) but generally stock-types, when they're relaxed, have a relatively slow walk. His walk (and the fact that very little just walking is shown) makes me wonder if maybe the gaits he's most comfortable with/most trained in are the trot/jog and canter/lope and if he might be one of those horses that's constantly anticipating a take off. There are definitely worse habits and I prefer a horse that's comfortable cantering to one that bucks at the canter, but still.
He is super gorgeous though! Looks like a sturdy, super broke guy. I wouldn't mind riding him! :)
Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding
Rest peacefully, Lacey.
Last edited by Wallaby; 01-06-2013 at 12:50 AM.